Motorway Church of Medenbach

The Motorway Church of Medenbach is a church located on the service area of Medenbach-West on the A 3 Cologne-Frankfurt motorway. The church was designed by the Hessian architect Hans Waechter and was consecrated on 30 March 2001. The motorway church is designed as a low building made of lightweight exposed concrete, surrounded by arcades and courtyard walls. The chapel has exposed brick masonry inside and out.

About this building

Key Features

  • Architecture

Visitors information

  • Car park at the building
  • Café within 500m

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Christ Church

The Christ Church in Mainz is a Protestant church built between 1896 and 1903 according to the plans of Eduard Kreyssig. The building is reminiscent of the Italian High Renaissance style. In addition to religious services, the Christ Church is also popular for music. Since 1954, the Mainz Bach Choir and Orchestra have been using the church regularly.

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New Mainz Synagogue

The New Mainz Synagogue, inaugurated in 2010, is the successor building to the former Mainz Synagogues. Mainz, or Magenza as it is called by the local Jewish community, had been an important Jewish centre on the Rhine since Roman times, and lost its importance only with the Second World War. After the fall of the Berlin Wall, the high number of immigrants from Eastern Europe expanded the congregation in the 1990s and, as new premises had to be found, the construction of the synagogue was decided in 1999. Architect Manuel Herz received the German Façade Award for the Ventilated Curtain Wall (VHF) 2011 for the building.

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Mainz Cathedral

St. Martin's Cathedral in Mainz was founded in 975 by Archbishop Willigis, who was also Archchancellor of the Holy Roman Empire. As the most powerful man in the Church after the Pope, Willigis demanded the construction of a church of impressive size, which was consecrated in 1009. On the day of his consecration, however, it was destroyed by fire. The new building was completed in 1036. After another fire in 1081, it was rebuilt under Emperor Henry IV (1084-1105). It was only much later that Gothic and Baroque additions were made. From 1872 to 1877, the cathedral was restored under the direction of P.J.H. Cuypers. The cathedral, together with the cathedral churches of Speyer and Worms, is a highlight of Romanesque architecture along the Rhine. These three churches are collectively called the Kaiserdome.